Youth First: A Canadian Youth-led Initiative in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Youth First: A Canadian Youth-led Initiative in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded in 2021

Contributors

Author: Reah (Hyun Ju) Shin, Harleen Kaur, Catherine Howe, Justin Whitty, Kyla Quigley Regan Katerenchuk, Victoria Bonnell, Ronglan Cao, James Liu, Geoffrey Pearson

Publisher: Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights

Date: 2021

Geographic Coverage: Worldwide

Type of Resource: Journal

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children, Young People

Developed with children and young people? Not specified

Type of participation: Journal

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Canada, Child, Children’s Rights, Covid, Covid-19, Cyberspace, Participation, Young People, Youth, Youth-led initiatives

Introduction

This reflection writing was co-written by seven young people and three Master of Arts Child and Youth Care (MA CYC) students from Ryerson University. Our writing centres around a Canadian youth-led initiative called Youth First, developed as a MA CYC placement due to the lack of placement opportunities available during the pandemic. Youth First focused on creating safe and interactive spaces in cyberspace for young people during the pandemic. Through this reflection, we hope to share our experiences, accomplishments, lessons learned and overall reflection of being part of this initiative during a global pandemic.